Ratings: Freakish ‘X Factor’ Hits All-Time Low on Dead Halloween

The “Meet the Top 12” episode had no new performances

Last Updated: July 10, 2014 @ 8:26 PM

Fox’s “X-Factor” hit an all-time ratings low Thursday, featuring no new performances on a night where TV viewing was depressed overall due to the Halloween holiday. But the show was not the only one in that boat — just the most prominent.

While the kids were out trick-or-treating Thursday, many 18-to-49-year-old parents were preoccupied either supervising or handing out candy from their own front doors. As a result, many shows hit bottom.

ABC was first in ratings with a 2.6 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic — winning the opening night of the November Sweep for the first time in six years — and second in total viewers with an average of 8.4 million, according to preliminary numbers.

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A repeat special of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at 8 p.m. earned a 2.2/8 — down 19 percent from last year’s telecast — and 7 million viewers. At 9, “Grey’s Anatomy” received a 2.6/8 — tying a series low — and 8.9 million viewers. “Scandal” at 10 got a 2.9/9 — making it the highest-rated show of the night, though it tied a season low — and had 9.2 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 2.0/6 and first in total viewers with 9.4 million. Following a rerun, “The Millers” at 8:30 earned a 2.0/7 — its lowest rating to date — and had 9.6 million viewers. “The Crazy Ones” at 9 also hit a low, earning a 1.9/6 and 8.1 million viewers. Following another repeat, “Elementary” had a 1.7/5 and 9.4 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 1.4/4 and in total viewers with 4.5 million. An “SNL Halloween” special at 8 earned a 1.7/6 and 5.5 million viewers. At 9, “Sean Saves the World” received a 1.2/4 and 4.1 million viewers. “The Michael J. Fox Show” at 9:30 got a 1.1/3 — it’s lowest to date — and 3.6 million viewers. “Parenthood” at 10 had a 1.3/4 and 4 million viewers.

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Univision was in fourth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and in total viewers with 2.7 million.

Fox and The CW tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.7/2. Fox was fifth in viewers with 2.6 million, CW was sixth with 1.9 million.

For Fox, “X Factor” at 8 earned a 0.8/3 — it’s all-time low — and 3.3 million viewers. A repeat followed.

For CW, “Vampire Diaries” at 8 received a 0.8/3 and 2.1 million viewers. “Reign” at 9 earned a 0.6/2 and 1.6 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in total viewers with 987,000.


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